High School Music Teacher

Give music lessons at a high school.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$35,000 – $83,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do High School Music Teachers do?

High School Music Teachers educate teenagers about music. More than that, though, they educate teenagers about life. You see, music teaches students more than how to carry a tune. Studies have shown that music students have superior math and reasoning skills, outperform their peers on standardized tests, get higher grades in school, and have lower rates of current and lifetime substance abuse.

While Music Teachers at the elementary and middle school levels usually teach the basic principles of melody, beat, and tempo, your courses typically are more advanced, focusing on music performance instead of fundamentals.

With that in mind, you’re typically one of several types of High School Music Teacher. If you’re a General Music Teacher, you teach academic courses on subjects such as music history, theory, and appreciation. If you’re a Choral Teacher, on the other hand, you teach vocal performance, and likely direct your school’s chorus or choir.

If you’re a Band Teacher, meanwhile, you teach students to play brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, and probably direct one of your school’s bands, such as the marching band or jazz band. Finally, if you’re an Orchestra Teacher, you teach students to play string instruments, and likely direct your school’s orchestra.

Whatever you teach, your job requires giving music lessons and making music selections. You also take students on music-themed field trips, and direct rehearsals, concerts, and recitals. In addition, you test and grade student progress, and conference with parents. (Oh, and you’re also required to have steel eardrums capable of withstanding student rehearsals!)

Should I be a High School Music Teacher?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: High School Music Director, High School Music Instructor

    How to Become a
    High School Music Teacher

    Most High School Music Teachers have a Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaa9ga&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%2890%25%29|master%27s+%2810%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,90
    Schools close to

    You May Also Like

    Careers Similar to High School Music Teacher